Hepatitis C Teaching and Training Needs Assessment for Greater Manchester

Angela Pilkington, Katy Harrison, Erika Duffell, Arpana Verma

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    Background: The findings of a Health Care Needs Assessment in the prevention of blood borne viruses (BBV) in Manchester undertaken by CEPHU reported limited formal training packages for professionals working in the field of HCV. It is known that across Greater Manchester there will be a large number of different service providers all with different needs and various levels of experience. A Teaching and Training Needs Assessment has been carried out to identify what training is already been undertaken and assess the need for further additional training across Greater Manchester to support the development of a range of training packages that will meet specified requirements of each service/group of health care professionals (HCP).Aims: To map the current provision of courses in Greater Manchester about hepatitis C for all health care professionals and others working with high risk groups and accurately assessing local training requirement down to PCT and service level. Methods: A combination of quantitative and qualitative methodology was used to obtain information from groups of professionals working with high risk groups or with patients with HCV. Training provision for HCV was mapped using a structured questionnaire conducted through telephone surveys. Results: Analysis of the telephone survey revealed that there are limited formal and informal training packages for professionals working in the field of HCV. The provision of training was found to be inconsistent both across services and PCT regions and the majority of training that is delivered is not accredited, externally validated, assessed or fully evaluated, and the use of current up to date evidence base is limited. Training is required at various levels across all services from basic start-up training and infection control to advanced requirements of specialist nurses in treatment centres. Conclusions: A clear gap in the provision of training in HCV was identified across PCTs and services in Greater Manchester. It is recommended that a ‘Hub’ and spoke training system be developed to deliver fully evaluated, validated, evidence based courses aligned to professional competencies, with individualised courses designed around the needs of the service and roles of the staff working within each service. Each course should include generic HCV education and a local component regarding local epidemiology and care pathways.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationManchester, UK
    PublisherNHS Association of Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts
    Number of pages150
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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